Critics Consensus

Beautiful to look at but narratively hollow, Autómata short-circuits its handful of intriguing ideas with an overload of sci-fi clichés.



Total Count: 33


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In a future where Earth's ecosystem verges on collapse, man-made robots roam the city to protect dwindling human life. When a robot overrides a key protocol put in place to protect human life, ROC Robotics insurance agent Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas) is assigned to locate the source of the manipulation and eliminate the threat. What he discovers leads Vaucan, ROC Robotics and the police into a battle with profound consequences for the future of humanity. (C) Official Site

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  • Visually inspired but thematically derivative, the apocalyptic sci-fi drama "Automata" pits humans against robots with predictable results.

    Oct 10, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Personally, if I were you, I'd bypass it for a double feature of "Cherry 2000" and "Runaway."

    Oct 10, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • One gets the feeling of witnessing some kind of primordial origin story about parallel destinies for the human race and the intelligent machines we make.

    Oct 9, 2014 | Rating: 3/4
  • "Autómata" is a movie that's all look and no feel, all sizzle and no steak; while it's remarkably easy to appreciate a film with such nimble visuals, the lead-footed storytelling makes it difficult to care.

    Oct 9, 2014 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

    James Rocchi

    Top Critic
  • There are interesting ideas here, but they are swallowed up in dull, poorly choreographed shootouts and other action nonsense.

    Oct 9, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Autómata's generic urban 2044 dystopia is a realm of hazily gray CGI buildings, many rubble-strewn and abandoned.

    Oct 9, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Vadim Rizov

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Audience Reviews for Autómata

  • Dec 05, 2017
    some neat stuff in here, but otherwise quite a mess of a movie
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2017
    The interesting premise is not developed to its full potential here. While the production design and effects are overall decent, it's the story that drags on a little bit. What begins looking like Blade Runner soon becomes more of a Neil Blomkamp kinda film, without taking the action or violence very far. The showdown is another example of a good idea not entirely thought or pulled through. Too bad, this could have been cooler.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2015
    Autómata is yet another film that would be considered a science-fiction film revolving around a dystopian future. This future is filled with robots who were created to serve man and in doing so have become an essential part of society. Unfortunately, the Earth's ecosystem is failing and humanity has been reduced to a fraction of what it once was. When we pick up with our protagonist we see he is hired to investigate a robot who is found to be tampered with and disobeyed one of it's primary functions, to protect people. The film is much better from a visual perspective than a well conceived story and the film can seem like an over polished but weak film throughout it's running time. It deals with some meaningful topics but uses recycled cliches and ideas that aren't really original to drive the story along. Still, the film has its moments and moves along briskly enough to hold interest, but can be a little dull at times and hollow. None of the performances really deliver, but try to get through the film and it's C.G.I interactions with the actual actors involved. With such films as the Mad Max films, The Book of Eli and even The Hunger Games, there are better options with even larger budgets out there if you are looking for spectacle that isn't just purely visual candy. Still, if you like the genre there are worse films then this, and you can find something to like, even though the film isn't so complex as it would try to make you believe.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2014
    While the setting and ambiance of this sci-fi thriller are spectacular, the payoffs never add up to the potential of the premise, and it's thematic sloppiness makes it difficult to tell exactly what it's trying to say.
    Hayden B Super Reviewer

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